• The Seven Paths

  • Changing One's Way of Walking in the World
  • By: Anasazi Foundation
  • Narrated by: Jim Ferrell
  • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (117 ratings)

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By: Anasazi Foundation
Narrated by: Jim Ferrell
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Too many people today have taken the wrong path. They walk alone, seeking peace and fulfillment in isolation. Countless well-meaning self-help books preach this gospel, as the name "self-help" implies. But this approach will take us only so far. Ultimately, it is in communion with our fellow beings and the natural world that we are made whole. We need to leave the path of Me and follow the path of We.

This poetic and evocative audiobook, drawing on the personal experiences of Good Buffalo Eagle, presents the meditations of an ancient Anasazi tribesman who rejects his family and community and walks off into the desert. During his journey, he discovers the seven paths of the Anasazi way, each path teaching a lesson symbolized by an element of the natural world: light, wind, water, stone, plants, animals, and finally the unity of all beings with the Creator, the path of We. By walking these paths, he discovers the roots of his conflict and the way toward reconciliation.

For years, this book has been privately distributed by the Anasazi Foundation, an award-winning nonprofit organization whose work with troubled youth in a wilderness setting has been extraordinarily effective. But there is benefit here for all. The Seven Paths gives access to a source of wisdom and renewal familiar to native people but lost to the rest of us. This audiobook "presents what might be described as a course in healing—seven elements among nature that combine to heal human hearts."

©2013 Anasazi Foundation (P)2013 Gildan Media LLC
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Falls short of Wisdom...

At one level a casting problem I think. To my 74 year old ears the reader sounds too young to be addressing any but teenagers by "my young friend". At another level, there is far too much "I" and ego thrown about and he himself too much the hero of a fiction ( which of course it is - which further erodes his authenticity. Ego is a stone he stumbles over too often and though he cites his various challenges and lessons, and admonishes us to learn thereby.... What I expected was far deeper and more applicable somehow.
It is easy to admonish one to speak in animals language, but most never see a mountain lion, badger or anything wild. True wisdom is in sharing how as much as what. I wish he had been less heroic and more plausible and instructive and shared the "How you can feel the spirit in a stone, appreciate the miracle of wind or water... "Talk" with a dog or cat or fish or potted plant. It can, after all be both dome and taught.
A great story line that could have focused more on instruction that impression.
JPT

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Deeply inspirational!

Seven Paths is deeply reflective of who we are. It inspires one to reflect on one's inner feelings and to balance what we feel about others in context with how we feel within one's self.

It inspires one to strive to be a better person.

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Simplicity and depth

Love this book. It's a story about a man who leaves his people in anger and what the wilderness taught him. It reminded me of the creation in the book of Genesis, in a way. I feel like I could read this book many more times just to be reminded.

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I think this was an inviting and warm source of wisdom. Listening to it so close to Thanksgiving gave me a good deal to think about. Well worth your time and I trust you will enjoy it.

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Wonderful short book

I didn’t know what I was expecting when I got this audible book. I mean I understood it was about a man’s journey but the teachings he gives based of his own journey and experience has given me greater insight to the wisdom of the Hopi and indigenous people. I especially loved the ending when he said the world needs to become about “we” and not “I”. To become a community again. Those aren’t his exact words but what I took in part of the lessons of this book. Definitely recommend anyone seeking to gain wisdom and learning more in the indigenous way of thinking rather than that of the modern world.

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Beautiful!

This story reinforces what I have learned during my long hikes in nature: Nature heals your soul.

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Exceptional, motivating, and inspirational!!!

Exceptional, motivating, and inspirational!!! Basic concepts to help do a forward walking. I listened to many excerpts several times.

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Beautifully written and performed

I instantly felt a connection to this writer and the experiences he related in wandering into "walking backwards" and learning lessons from nature that reminded him of his people and how to walk forward. The ways are full of wisdom and language that will be familiar to anyone who has studied spiritual teachings of any background. I will definitely share this audiobook with my family.

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Life changing wisdom.

Every line this book is precious and sacred to me. Sure to be a classic.

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My Walking has just started

This book changes my life. I know this will help anyone who reads it. It is full of truth

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